Dunbar quarterback William Crest knew his team needed a jolt Friday night when it trailed Patterson after the first quarter. The senior was happy to provide one.
Crest tossed a perfect 31-yard pass that Jerrell Jenkins, in tight coverage, caught over his shoulder in the end zone. Less than a minute later, after an interception by Aaron Savage, Crest connected with Jenkins on almost the exact same play, this time for a 33-yard touchdown.
The Clippers never recovered from that one-two punch, and No. 5 Dunbar rolled to a 42-6 victory in a Baltimore City Division I game on Military Appreciation Night at William F. "Sugar" Cain Field in East Baltimore.
"At the end of the second quarter, Dunbar got pretty desperate and threw a couple bombs up on us," Patterson coach Larry Mitchell said. "They just got the best of us going toward halftime. We had the momentum, and they stole the momentum back and we couldn't get nothing else out of it once they stole it."
Both teams struggled to gain ground early. Each had a turnover in the first 16 minutes. Through the middle of the second quarter, with the Poets in Clippers territory, Sherrod Hawkes picked off a pass from Crest and ran it back 75 yards for a touchdown.
When the Poets (3-1, 2-0 in league play) started their next drive from their 35-yard line, Crest wanted to make something happen.
"We got to the point where I asked Coach, 'Can we take a shot?'" Crest said. "We took a shot, and I trusted in my wide receiver to go and get the ball. You have to look at [the mismatch the 6-foot-4 Jenkins poses], but I just trust in my wide receiver, no matter who he was against."
Crest, who has committed to West Virginia, finished 9-for-16 passing for 205 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
After the two passing scores, the Poets went to the ground. Coleman Blackston ran for touchdowns of 50 and 5 yards within two minutes midway through the third quarter. Savage then added a 5-yard scoring run for a 34-6 lead late in the quarter.
Blackston, who carried 10 times for 97 yards, gave credit to the Poets offensive line of Brandon Giles, Raymond Jackson, Curtis Sheppard, Kevin Camp-Hunter and Barry Goins.
"Our offensive line this year was a brand-new line," Giles said. "I was the only returning player, so it was a big adjustment. [The Clippers] were strong up front — shout out to their defensive line, they were some big, experienced boys up front — but great coaching on our behalf. We adjusted after the first drive, got back on the field and made some plays."
Patterson (3-1, 1-1) turned the ball over four times, three of which led to Dunbar touchdowns.
Sheppard recovered a fumble between Blackston's scoring runs. Early in the fourth quarter, Eddie Nelson picked off a pass that set up a 38-yard touchdown pass from Crest to Tychar Johnson (four catches, 100 yards). Crest then ran in the conversion for a 42-6 lead with 10:56 left in the game.
Patterson's Hawkes, a senior running back and defensive back, left the game after the first half with a dislocated shoulder. He ran for 61 yards on 12 carries in the first half.